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The Society has published a number of books. If you would like to purchase any of our publications, please contact our Publications Secretary,  Ian Scott for more information on or phone 01324 627692:

Carron(Where Iron Runs Like Water!)Carron

by Brian Watters

A new greatly extended and updated version of Brian’s 1998 book published to mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of the company.  The book is hard back, 450 pages, full of photographs, maps and other illustrations. Contact Ian Scott (details above) for more information.

The Place Names of Falkirk and East Stirlingshire

Place Names

by John Reid

In December 2009 the Society published John Reid’s much anticipated book on the place names of Falkirk and East Stirlingshire which examines the origins of over 3,000 names and in so doing illuminates the history of the district from Roman times to the present day.  This marvellous work of scholarship distils the researches of nearly 30 years and is in the words of Professor Donald Meek ‘an onomastic thriller’ which is ‘a scholarly, well-founded and superbly disciplined engagement with the evidence’.

The book is hard back with over 440 pages of text illustrated by around 50 line drawings and maps.  It cost £11.99 from bookshops or directly from the Society.  Please add £4 to cover the cost of postage.

Hard as Nails!Hard as Nails

(The Home Guard in Falkirk District)

by Geoff B Bailey

In December 2008 the Society published Geoff Bailey’s history of the Home Guard in Falkirk District called “Hard as Nails!”

At over 300 pages it is the first comprehensive account of this fascinating period in the history of Falkirk and district and is packed with information and anecdotes from the men whole made up the platoons in the towns and villages, foundries factories and coal mines.   There are also over 200 photographs, maps and drawings.  The book is available from bookshops, Callendar House or directly from the Society.  The book costs £9.99 plus £2 postage. (email Ian Scott on


From time to time the Society also works in association with other publishers to produce books on important local history topics. The most recent being:

“Falkirk, a History

Falkirk - A History reduced

by Ian Scott

published by Birlinn in November 2006. The book is over 300 pages and covers the history of the Falkirk area from the earliest times to the modern era. As well as Falkirk town itself there are chapters on the other major towns – Bo’ness, Grangemouth and Denny and the villages including Airth and Dunmore, Larbert and Stenhousemuir, Bonnybridge and Camelon, and Polmont and the Braes area.  The book has 93 illustrations – old photographs, maps, plans and drawings – and costs £10.99.  It is available from bookshops in the Falkirk area and from on line suppliers like Amazon. 


Grangemouth Aerodrome

by Geoff Bailey

A history of Grangemouth Aerodrome published in March 2006. This has been produced in association with Grangemouth Heritage Trust by GMS Enterprises of Peterborough.

The book is A4 size, 142 pages, fully illustrated with many photographs, images, drawings, plans and maps and includes listings of all the planes which saw service at Grangemouth during World War II.  It is priced £9.99 and is available from the Society.


Larbert and the Great War

(The Men of Larbert War Memorial)  by Russell MacGillivray (Now out of print and only available digitally).

Burke, Hare & Helen

Everyone has heard of Burke and Hare, but not quite so many have heard about their partner in crime, Helen MacDougal. Helen came from Redding and stood trial for murder with William Burke in December 1828. (Published by the Stentmaisters, listed here with the kind permission of John Walker)